Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Carving a new block

Last weekend I started on a new linocut for my picture book dummy. This block is slightly smaller than the  double page spreads I've done for other stories. It's 10 x 16 which is a nice size.

First I draw on tracing paper and then transfer the image to the block by rubbing the back of the tracing paper. Next I draw over the lines again to make sure they won't smudge off.

Carving a mountain!

I'm working my way over to the city. I'm really looking forward to painting this print! I think it needs subtler colors than I usually use. I'll post the block and print when I'm done.


  1. OOOOOOOhhhhh! Fun!

    I just finished a new piece today... only 5x7, but ten colors! Yippee!

  2. Wow- 10 colors!!! I look forward to seeing it!

  3. How amazing to see the whole process laid out like this - carving a mountain indeed! The lino itself is just beautiful - I wonder if you're ever tempted to frame those too.

  4. Thanks, Anna! I do like the blocks when they are done. They are a cool secret part of the process. I do NOT like storing 15 years worth of them though! I should throw out a bunch of them but it's hard to do.